Haile, Geoffrey! ...seasoned coach moves to Manning Cup team
Veteran football coach Geoffrey Maxwell has taken charge of Haile Selassie High School's Manning Cup team for the upcoming season in September.
Maxwell, who has been coaching locally for more than three decades, has been working at the school for the past two weeks.
"I like working with the youth in their development," Maxwell confirmed to STAR Sports yesterday.
Maxwell's time at Hydel High ended last year. During that period, he guided the St Catherine school to a historic appearance in the Manning Cup final in 2013, where they lost to St George's College.
Looking ahead, the former national senior player and coach said that he harbours hopes of winning the Manning Cup at Haile Selassie.
"I'm quite surprised that the players have caught on so well during the past two weeks. I'm quite impressed with the quality there. The players and community are ecstatic. However, when the time comes, you have to be ready," he said
"I will just have to put a team together. I think they will go far. We will get practice games in order to get them ready for the season," he added.
Principal of Haile Selassie, Lorenzo Ellis, is also excited about Maxwell coaching the Manning Cup team.
"We want to win, and he has a winning mentality. We have been struggling, but so far, the intervention has been highly accepted by the school and community," Ellis said.
"He will also assist with getting support for the school," said Ellis.
Schoolboy football apart, Maxwell coached at the club level with Waterhouse, Harbour View, Tivoli Gardens, Arnett Gardens, St George's SC, the JDF, and Maverley/Hughenden, among others.
He guided Excelsior High to one Manning Cup title and two Walker Cup titles in the 1980s and also coached Waterhouse to the National League trophy in 1998.